Change the look and feel of your desktop by selecting a new theme or resetting the panel. This is useful for restoring the desktop to the initial settings.
Use the directions below to change or reset the desktop theme. Use the
Use desktop layout from theme option if you want to restore icons, widgets, and the panel to the default. If you want to restore only the default panel, please see the next section.
Use desktop layout from theme
Sometimes the widgets and icons can appear out of place or incorrectly sized after changing a theme. This is a known bug. To fix this, repeat the above steps and toggle the
Use desktop layout from theme button. Then press apply again.
The Kubuntu Focus has 9 stock Global Themes. These include
Breeze Dark and
Kubuntu. The default Global Theme is Focus Default and it uses a bottom panel like stock Kubuntu. The same layout is also available in Focus Light and Focus Twilight. There are also three “vertical” themes that maximize usable screen height by placing the panel on the side. These themes are called Focus Vertical, Focus Vertical Light, and Focus Vertical Hybrid.
You can download and use a different theme by clicking on the
Get New Global Themes button. While these themes can be fun and engaging, we recommend using one of the stock Global Themes for daily work, as these are actively updated and tested with your system.
Use the directions below reset the panel to the default.
+ Add Panel > Kubuntu Focus Default Panel
Q: When I change the theme, sometimes the icons and widgets are out of place or incorrectly sized. What can I do to fix this?
A: See the solution found in the Change the Theme section immediately after the instructions.
Q: When I hover over an icon in my task bar on the panel, I see a thumbnail of the application. How do I turn this off?
A: Right click near an app icon in the panel (but not on top of one). Then select
Configure icons-only taskbar. In the first,
Appearance tab, uncheck the
Show small window previews... option and then click
This is a partial revision history. See the
git repository for all entries.
2023-11-18 e770b1c6Add search and help bar
2023-03-01 7fb17d71Add advice to turn off app preview
2022-07-11 536787c6Updated themes to 22.04
2021-10-10 5728326eReformat to 2-column
2021-09-22 dc862884Update link and headline colors
2021-08-24 8bc3a8c3Update theme, index description, images
2021-08-23 681261b4Review and update codeblocks
2021-07-28 1b9cf29bRevise units to have a space after number
2021-08-24 8bc3a8c3Add theme options, update images, hints
2021-05-11 ba4665e4First publication
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